"We really need to be careful with statistics," he said.
Many Members at the event, held at the George Washington University Hospital, attacked Obama's claim that Americans would get to keep their health insurance plan if they wanted.
Gingrey said that the design of the bill will cause more and more people "picking the public option, because that public option will not only be a competitor and playing in the game, but they will also be a referee," giving the government an unfair competitive advantage over private plans, and putting them out of business.
Murphy predicted that the House wouldn't pass the legislation by the Democrats' August 3 goal, but would instead pass it in October. He called the health care forum the only "in America that’s bringing health care providers and Members of Congress that brings people together and says, 'what do we want to do?'"
President Obama held his own health care town hall meeting last week, which many think was entirely scripted.
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